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  • Samuel Chell wrote on August 18, 2006 report

    It took me years to appreciate Nancy Wilson, but I finally got there. No singer has a more inerrant sense of pitch. If she sings a note "out of tune," it's part of the precise microtonality she has in mind to achieve her narrative-expressive goal. Her last CD, "RSVP," evidenced a little less than her normal control with some uncostumarily wide vibratos (reminiscent of late Ella), but it sounds like "Turned to Blue" has her on a smooth and steady course.

    Her version of "Hello, Again" (1999?), incidentally, shows a different direction that this suave and sophisticated lady might have gone with her career. It takes us into advanced Coltrane country, sufficiently Dionysian to be scary. She sets into vibration some overtones that not even Joplin could reach. Sam